Give peas a chance.

I’ve never had much of a winter garden, but last year I grew a healthy patch of Austrian winter peas. My goal was to keep the garden bed in production so that I wouldn’t have the task of digging out bermuda grass like the previous two years — mission accomplished! Winter peas were especially appealing to me since they are edible (both the greens and pods), cold-hardy nitrogen fixers.

Getting seeds proved challenging, what with the loss of Horn Seed in Oklahoma City. (What a shame!) And my go-to online sources were sold out. I turned to the OK Farm Friends Facebook group, and farmer and artist Samantha Lamb came to my assistance, promptly mailing me a generous offering of seeds.

I sowed the seeds in October. Growth was slow until late winter/early spring, when the mounds of pea plants intertwined to form a carpet of living mulch that easily was rolled up and removed when it came time to plant the summer garden. I ate a couple of pods, but mostly I was interested in saving seeds for next year.

give peas a chance
Austrian winter peas
Austrian winter peas
Austrian winter peas
Austrian winter peas
Austrian winter pea removal

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